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Whether establishing a perennial pasture, or maintaining an existing one, soil fertility will govern your success. The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is holding a series of free workshops for land managers in the North East, in February and March, to build their understanding of phosphorus. The first soil phosphorus workshop will be held at Corryong, Thursday February 21, at 9.30am at DSE Centre, Jardine St, Corryong. DPI Project Officer Sue Briggs said phosphorus was an important component of a healthy soil, and its proper management may increase the productivity and profitability of farms. “Whether workshop participants have an understanding of soil phosphorus, or don’t know where to start, there will be something in this workshop for them,” Ms Briggs said. “Participants will gain a better understanding of the role of phosphorus in productive farming practices and why there is a need to apply it. “There will be discussions around the two commonly used phosphorus soil tests (Olsen and Colwell) and recently developed phosphorus buffering index (PBI). “”armers can determine their ‘critical soil test value’ from their soil test results. A critical soil test value is the soil test value where 95 per cent of maximum pasture production occurs. “We want farmers to bring their soil test results along so they relate the information back to their own property.” Murray Goulburn Agronomist Dougald Powell will be there to answer questions on fertiliser available in the Upper Murray. Ms Briggs said the aim was for participants to have a complete phosphorus management plan for their property to assist with decision making regarding phosphorus inputs. “We want to get farmers to be more strategic and efficient with phosphorus application so they get ‘better bang for their buck!'”

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